Finally we are about to switch out the lunge party for some actual riding.
The vet has given me a pretty extensive training schedule, so for the next 6 weeks it will look like this:
Week 1 and 2
Lunge before riding for 10 minutes twice a week.
Week 3 and 4
Lunge before riding 10 minutes three times a week
Week 5 and 6
Lunge before riding 10 minutes four times a week
He is only allowed to move onto an extra day if he does well for those 10 minutes. After we have gotten to four days a week and he does that well we can start building down the lunging and ride more. My vet seem to be quite careful with his build up compared to other schedules I’ve read, but I want to do it well now in the beginning instead of doing everything to fast and we’ll end up on square one again. I can’t wait to do something else then lunging!
At this moment I’m in Venlo with my boyfriend. He needs to DJ here tonight before we go to Germany tomorrow to a horse conference. Not that I need any more horse stuff….
Fluffy products seem to be everywhere at the moment. I feel like you can find every single product under the moon with fur. Everything from saddle pads, to boots to halters.
Kentucky has now come up with a smart solution for the last one. If you have an old halter in the closet that you want to make a bit prettier, you can buy one of their halter furs that they’ve got for sale.
You can buy them HERE in Black or white for 99 euro.
Yesterday I flew to Helsinki to have a meeting with a client. I had never been to Finland before so was really excited to see if it was similar to Norway in anyway or not.
The minute I landed it felt a bit like being home. So much nature and a much more relaxed atmosphere then the Netherlands. I also had the best burger I’ve ever had. If you ever get to go you should check out Louylo at the harbor. Unfortunately I couldn’t enjoy Finland for long as I am already back in the Netherlands.
Grumpy wasn’t meant to have a day off today, but my head was a bit fried after a very long meeting and travel, so I went to cuddle, try out a new rug(yes, again haha) and a walk in the walker. It’s always so good walking into the stable after a long day and smell the horses. Or is that a terribly cheesy thing to say? Haha
The equestrian tack brand Kentucky wasn’t really known for bringing out fashion forward and beautiful tack products, but times have changed.
Their new lines of stable rugs, stable accessories and other tack products are so beautifully created that I wish I had them all in my closet. but beautiful unfortunately comes with a price. Their stable rugs starts at 180 euro and lets just say the rest isn’t that cheap either. If you want to check out the rest of the line, you can check it out over on Horze.
If I had to choose my favourite people in the horse world, it probably would be Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester. A lot of their ideas and beliefs around horsemanship are the same as mine. I love how they turn their horses out for the whole day together and how they generally keep their horses with hacks every week and food schedule. People nowadays seem to keep their horses in their boxes all day and wonder why they are so crazy when they go riding. To me that equation is very simple, luckily Carl Hester seems to think the same way. The video below shows this beautiful stable and how they keep their horses. Definitely worth a watch!
Time for another update round. I realised I had talked a lot about rugs in the last posts, so I figured I would provide an update on where Grumpy is in his progress right now and how everything is going.
To be honest, early last week we had a bit of a dumper. I found him stiff and unmotivated. Though looking back, it was probably a bit because of a virus he got a couple of weeks ago. For the last few days he’s been doing really good and is happy and awake.
As he is now building more muscles with lunging I am able to give him harder work-out’s compared to the beginning. In the beginning if I used lunge aids he would struggle with moving well or even forward. This issue is now gone with the right amount of build-up, which I’m really happy to see.
I have also changed his feed a little bit. I was feeding him quite heavy sport muesli, but have now changed it to a lighter form, which seems to lift his spirits a bit as well. Yesterday he was piaffing beside me as he came out of the paddock, something I’ve not seen in months.
In two weeks I’m allowed to ride again for the first time. So hoping the arrow is now shooting upwards and everything from here on out will be a breeze.
Yesterday boyfriend came with me to the stable and the thing I never thought would happen, happened!
If you had to put horse owners into categories, I would be placed in the category of : “Horse owner who buys the horse too much stuff” Grumpy has more jackets and boots than myself. Normally when the doorbell rings you can hear my boyfriend sigh “have you bought horse stuff again?” , which normally gets the answer “it’s my money!”. I will of course never admit that he is right, Grumpy gets way to much stuff.
Though yesterday, boyfriend held up the field halter of Grumpy and expressed “this thing needs to be thrown in the trash!”. Believe me, this is words i’ll probably never hear again. But he was right, that halter has seen its better days.
As the good girlfriend I am, I went straight on the internet to see if I could find a new one. I had to buy new Superflex powder for Grumpy as well, so I tried to find a site that I could get 20% off to make it a tad bit cheaper. Luckily Dochorse that discount code for this weekend, so I decided to buy halter from there as well. Below you can see the selected one : Equ-all Nylon Halter. Apparently it’s a bit fancy, with an extra opening at the nose. I don’t particularly need this, but its great for younger horses or when you are grooming.
At least I’ve got an answer this time when the package will be delivered… hoho
I am having the most lazy Sunday ever. After 3 days of busy socialising I’ve been spending the whole day on the sofa watching tv. Sometimes those are the best Sundays to be had. However the point of this post is to talk about Grumpy’s new rug and not my lazy ways.
As you can imagine, boyfriend did raise a brow when I bought this one. Considering my trunk is filled up to the brim with rugs he did not think I needed another one. I probably could have survived without, but I simply choose not to. haha
Since the summer has really stretched out here in the Netherlands, I felt I needed a rug that could cater to the cold mornings, but warmer days. In the beginning I did want to buy the 50 gram Bucas Celtic rug, but considering the price is above 100 euro, I felt I didn’t want to spend that much money on a rug that was only for a couple of weeks.
After thorough searching, I came across the new Highliner stable rug from Harry’s Horse. I’ve never owned any rugs from this line before, but several stable mates have had them and they always look good. It was more or less the only rug I could find that was 0 gram, had a fleece inner and was well put together. With 25% at Divoza, the rug turned out to be 50 euro. You might ask me why I didn’t just go for a summer rug, but I must admit I do not like the summer rugs on sale at the moment. The fabric of the Bucas one comes across terrible to me and I ended up giving away the one I had last year. This one feel like you get way more for your money.
As said it has a fleece inner, two surcingles under the belly as well as two around the back legs, and protection for neck and tail. I was really surprised of the quality for the price I paid. I did have to change it for a smaller size as they do fit very large, but the fit overall is very nice. Grumpy is normally a size 195, in this one he is a 185.
If you are looking for a rug for the months where the weather is really in between hot and cold this is a great rug for a good price.
Yesterday we finally had the first vet check and physio since Grumpy got injected.
Overall the vet was happy with Grumpy’s progress, but he still needs to gain some muscles before we can start riding again. I’m lucky enough that my vet is a certified physio as well, so he made sure to loosen up and release all stuck muscles and bones.
The schedule now is to lunge for another 3 weeks. Then I get to ride twice a week for 10 min after lunging and build up slowly from there. It’s going to be a long process, but if I see how much Grumpy has improved till now I really thing we are going in the right direction. Can’t wait to see how far we are in a months time!